28 November 2012
NHS Blood and Transplant wins HSJ Quality and Productivity award
NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) has won a prestigious Health Service Journal (HSJ) award for its Operational Improvement Programme (OIP) which enabled the NHS to release £10 million a year back into front-line services.
HSJ judges described NHSBT's winning entry as a "significant piece of work, which had an impact on quality and productivity" in the blood supply chain.
The OIP, which applied lean methodology to the blood service, was created by NHSBT following a strategic review to identify how and where efficiencies and quality improvements could be found within the blood supply chain, for the benefit of the NHS, donors, patients and staff.
To date, OIP has contributed to:
- The release of more than £10 million a year back to NHS front-line patient care
- Successful implementation of a number of blood safety initiatives without the need for additional resource saving £1m a year
- An increase in blood component manufacturing and testing productivity by 70%
- A reduction in the red cell price from £140 in 2007/08 to £123 in 2012/13.
NHSBT Chief Executive Lynda Hamlyn said:
"We are honoured that our work has been recognised by this prestigious HSJ award. NHSBT has an ambition to be the best organisation of its kind in the world, by any measure. The use of lean techniques has been embraced by our staff to identify areas for improvement and to co-produce pragmatic solutions. This award is a tribute to their hard work and commitment to excellence."
As part of the OIP work the team at NHSBT employed the lean method to focus on minimising 'waste' in the process. The approach actively engages and empowers frontline staff in problem solving and improvement.
A training scheme was organised around a series of events with more 750 employees attending the 160 events that took place in the past three years.
- For additional information please contact NHSBT on 01923 367600
- For out of hours enquiries please call 0117 969 2444.
Notes to editors
- NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) is a joint England and Wales Special Health Authority. Its remit includes the provision of a reliable, efficient supply of blood and associated services to the NHS in England and North Wales. It is also the organ donor organisation for the UK and is responsible for matching and allocating donated organs
- The HSJ awards are dedicated to recognising and rewarding those that have raised the standard of healthcare in the UK through their hard work and persistence
- The Quality and Productivity category aims to recognise and
reward organisations that have successfully implemented the
quality, innovation, productivity and prevention challenge -
focussing cash and other resources on maximising the quality of
healthcare while releasing savings.